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Productivity increases 5.4% in Q1 2021; unit labor costs increase 1.7% (annual rates)

06/03/2021

Productivity increased 5.4 percent in the nonfarm business sector in the first quarter of 2021; unit labor costs increased 1.7 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rates). In manufacturing, productivity decreased 1.7 percent and unit labor costs increased 10.7 percent.
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Productivity falls in 13 of 29 selected service-providing industries in 2020

06/11/2021

Labor productivity fell in 13 of 29 service-providing industries in 2020. Output decreased in 21 industries in 2020 while hours worked decreased in 24 industries.
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Productivity rises in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2020

05/27/2021

Labor productivity increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Output decreased in all 50 states and the District and hours worked decreased in all but 1 state.
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Productivity rises in 42 of 90 manufacturing and mining industries in 2020

04/29/2021

Labor productivity increased in 41 of the 86 NAICS 4-digit manufacturing industries and in 1 of the 4 mining industries in 2020. 80 percent of the industries recorded declines in both output and hours worked.
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Productivity rises in 30 of 46 wholesale and retail trade industries in 2019

07/30/2020

Retail trade productivity increased 5.3 percent in 2019, the largest increase since 1999. Wholesale trade productivity rose 0.4 percent, carried by growth in nondurable goods industries. Unit labor costs fell in retail trade and increased in wholesale trade.
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